The Hilarious Reason Queen Elizabeth Loves Downton Abbey

Like many of us, Queen Elizabeth II reportedly likes to settle down and enjoy a good old streaming marathon in her down time. As SCMP reported, it is believed that Her Majesty enjoys British soap operas such as "Emmerdale," "Coronation Street," and "EastEnders," as well as the BBC's long-running sci-fi series "Doctor Who." 


In fact, speaking previously to The Mirror, a Buckingham palace source revealed that the Queen loves "Doctor Who" and even requested a "full set" of DVDs. "She has asked the BBC to send her copies so she can watch the series again during her stay at Balmoral," the insider revealed.

Another of the Queen's favorite TV shows is the hugely popular British period drama "Downton Abbey." The ITV series ran between 2010 and 2015, and picked up a string of prestigious awards while on the air, including a long list of Emmy nominations and wins. However, the show's accolades aren't what piqued the Queen's great interest in "Downton Abbey."

The Queen is familiar with Downton Abbey's filming location

The plotline in "Downton Abbey" follows the dramatic social lives of a noble British household in the early 1900s. It has won 15 Primetime Emmy awards and is considered to be one of the biggest period dramas of the past decade (via IMDb). As mentioned, the show also won a spot in Queen Elizabeth's TV calendar while it was airing, as it was one of her favorite shows. 


According to a Telegraph source, the Queen would love to "point out things they have got wrong, partly because she is familiar with Highclere Castle, where it is filmed." 

Another show that is close to the Queen's real life is of course Netflix's "The Crown." During a past appearance on "The Graham Norton Show," actress Vanessa Kirby — who previously played Princess Margaret in "The Crown" — revealed that one of Her Majesty's granddaughters informed her that the Queen has indeed watched the streaming drama (via Hello!).